Monday, October 25, 2004

Ribot's letter to the Seattle Weekly

I usually don't mention the album reviews (simply because there are too many), but I would like to make an exception for the Seattle Weekly, in which Rod Smith wrote the article Resident Evil Two. I would like to mention this because Marc Ribot decided this review deserved an answer in the section Letters to the Editor.

18 comments:

strewelpeter said...

Now theres a man who takes his work seriously and seriously knows his shit. Fair play to him.

Anonymous said...

awesome. i like it when critics are put in their place(s).....

Anonymous said...

disclaimer: i know that no matter how i qualify the following comment i am going to catch flack for this but i do want to make it known i admire marc ribot as a musical genius of sorts and an absolutely unparalleled instrumentalist and obviously judging by his comment he is quite knowledgeable on the topic he argued and i don't disagree with his point of view in the slightest. in addition the review, as far as reviews go, was not only a fairly positive but it was well written.

with that said i must say that music critics are the lowest possible form of life in the music industry food chain. i admit i occasionally read reviews and don't fault marc for his curiosity and interest in what people are writing about the albums he appears on, but i don't recommend anyone take any real notice of what these people have to say. music is something that can only be experienced. you can not transfer this experience to another even with the most powerful combination of words. the fact that there's a system in place where one man is paid to offer his, typically shallow (and probably bought), opinion/interpretation of a particular piece of music is sad. my issue with marc here is that he should not even bother offering a rebuttal. if anything it makes him look quite lame.

'Definition of rock journalism: People who can't write, doing interviews with people who can't think, in order to prepare articles for people who can't read.' (Frank Zappa)

Anonymous said...

your rebuttal, if anything, makes YOU look quite lame.

The Eyeball Kid said...

Okay guys (and galls), I would like to ask you to keep things civilised. I doubted whether I should allow comments - and especially 'anonymous' comments - because I never intended this to be a forum, but a source of news. In the end, I decided to allow comments, because I figured people might find it easier to post some extra info this way (instead of mailing me). It seems to work pretty well so far: no commercial activity, no personal attacks, no hassle.

Please let us keep it that way. If not, I will not hesitate to close all comments.

miffypops said...

This is seriously weak. I see no reason to censor these comments as they are not aggressive at all.

Who says Marc Ribot wrote the letter anyway.

Are you scared Mr Eyeball Kid? What of?

Lighten up and be more like Tom Waits !!!

The Eyeball Kid said...

The letter in the Seattle Weekly was signed "Marc Ribot". That's good enough for me. Should anyone have indications to the contrary, I will post them.

I am scared this weblog - which only purpose was to spread news about the work of Tom Waits - will become flooded with pointless shouting matches. I am scared that people, like on so many other news groups and message boards, will start fighting. I am scared they will do this anonymously. If you feel the urge to do all of the above, I am sure there are many places you can do so. Not here.

In my opinion, this has nothing to do with being "weak". And even if it does, I don't care.

Anonymous said...

Right on, Eyeball Kid!

Anonymous said...

I think the vast majority of Waits' fans are cool enough not to promote silly spats. And those that try should simply be ignored by the rest of us. It's not about us, it's about him. Keep up the good work Eyeball.

BTW, I posted anonymously because I'm supposed to be working.

Anonymous said...

And since this is the most competent web resource for Tom's news, let's keep it as it is, bug-free.

strewelpeter said...

You're the boss.
forum is good thing, pointless bitching is a bad thing. Your choice

Anonymous said...

Greetingz to all Waits fans!

Chocolate Jesus said...

I have to agree with miffypops !
Please do not censor us. We can't all be agreeing all the time. The only thing that we have all definitely got in common is that we like Tom Waits.
For example I think miffypops has got a silly name but it doesn't really matter.

Keep up the good work Eyeball Kid !

miffypops said...

Miffypops Here.
Apologies to anybody I may have offended with my comments Especially the Eyeball Kid who does such a good job editing his superb site
I just think a little healthy discussion is a good thing and I did not see any real nastiness in the previous comments and therefore no need to jump in.
Thanks for your support Chocolate Jesus. Were you really Christened with that name? Miffypops is silly but If I try to register Mark I aint got a chance as their are millions of us.
25 days only until I leave my beautiful wife on her own on our holiday whilst I travel to London for the show. Selfish or what?

Miffypops Aka Mark

Chocolate Jesus said...

What a way to treat your wife !
You won't catch me behaving like that. No, she's coming with me. Although I did have to cancel a holiday of a lifetime for her birthday and lose a fairly substantial deposit in the process (her deposit!)
She won't mind, well, the truth is she hasn't spoken to me for a few weeks but she will when she sees how good Tom Waits is live.

It's been so long since he came to London. 17 years to be precise. Found my original ticket at the weekend and a cassette of a previous gig of his that I'd seen.

Of course thats my real name. Imagine how delighted I was when Tom wrote a song about me.

tom said...

i'm pretty fired up that Ribot wrote that letter. i've been a fan of his playing for years and no matter what he plays, he rocks. i mean, really, what is rock n roll anymore anyways? everything has been so mish-mashed into all sorts of things... if it makes you move, it's rock n roll. that's how i see it.

noize said...

Marc is a great and eclectic musician, I just realised I missed him last week playing and jamming in Bristol with Adrian Utley and bassist Jim Barr from Portishead, but next January he'll be back again in Europe for a short tour, hope I'll be able to make it. cheers.

Do said...

Marc Ribot is a great musician and his comments on the review are poised and intelligent. "Only rock allowed" fundamentalism leads to the same place as any other fundamentalism.